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At The National Autistic Society we are often asked about how best to talk to someone about their autism diagnosis. We feel that a person with autism has the right to know their diagnosis. Wanting to protect someone from their diagnosis can feel like the kindest thing to do, but in reality it often gets harder the longer it is delayed. There are definite advantages to talking about the diagnosis, but these vary between individuals. Many people have commented that they would like to have known earlier because knowing their diagnosis came as a relief and a source of comfort. This book offers a wealth of advice and guidance. Aimed primarily at parents and carers of younger children, it includes helpful information also for schools and for people working with adults with autism.
Talking together about an autism diagnosis is a practical guide which explains the issues involved when first discussing a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). It is primarily aimed at parents and carers of older children who already have a diagnosis of an ASD, but it will also provide invaluable assistance for professionals supporting both children and adults who have a diagnosis of an ASD.
For parents and carers Talking together about an autism diagnosis provides a clear and succinct information about to how to introduce a diagnosis of an ASD to their child and a range of possible outcomes, including case studies, are taken into account. Throughout the text, the positive elements of an ASD are highlighted but there is also ample consideration of the more difficult aspects of telling a child about their ASD diagnosis. There is also a section which will enable parents/carers to work with their autistic child to explain the strengths, difficulties and uniqueness of their ASD using Carol Gray's approach Pictures of Me.
For professionals, the main text is well supported by the addition of material in the appendix including lesson plans and worksheets that will be very beneficial to professionals who are involved in discussing what it means to have autism for children and adults alike.
Overall Talking together about an autism diagnosis is very good value for money: it is an excellent resource for anyone who is looking for accessible, informative guidance on the subject of discussing an individuals diagnosis of an ASD.
Penny KershawAutism manager within a Special School Specialist Teacher for pupils with ASD Joint author of Inclusion in the primary classroom and Inclusion in the secondary school, both published by The National Autistic Society
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